Thursday, November 21, 2013

ARC Review: These Broken Stars by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner

Goodreads summary:

It's a night like any other on board the Icarus. Then, catastrophe strikes: the massive luxury spaceliner is yanked out of hyperspace and plummets into the nearest planet. Lilac LaRoux and Tarver Merendsen survive. And they seem to be alone.

Lilac is the daughter of the richest man in the universe. Tarver comes from nothing, a young war hero who learned long ago that girls like Lilac are more trouble than they’re worth. But with only each other to rely on, Lilac and Tarver must work together, making a tortuous journey across the eerie, deserted terrain to seek help.

Then, against all odds, Lilac and Tarver find a strange blessing in the tragedy that has thrown them into each other’s arms. Without the hope of a future together in their own world, they begin to wonder—would they be better off staying here forever?

Everything changes when they uncover the truth behind the chilling whispers that haunt their every step. Lilac and Tarver may find a way off this planet. But they won’t be the same people who landed on it.


A timeless love story, THESE BROKEN STARS sets into motion a sweeping science fiction series of companion novels. The Starbound Trilogy: Three worlds. Three love stories. One enemy.

My review:

I don't even know where to start.  These Broken Stars was so utterly amazing, and I was on an emotional rollercoaster basically the whole time I was reading it.  I had ridiculously high expectations, and this book totally lived up to them.  It'll easily be going on my top ten favorite books of 2013 list.  This book is spectacular, and I predict that it will be garnering many other five-star reviews when it releases in December.

First, that blurb is absolutely amazing.  As many others have said, it's like Titanic in space.  I'm pretty sure it doesn't get any better than that.  But the best thing is that this book truly does go beyond your expectations.  There's not a single thing I disliked, and that's very rare for me.  The characters, plot, world-building, writing, pacing, it was all perfect.

I LOVE the complex relationship between Lilac and Tarver.  They are two starkly different people who are forced to become allies in order to survive.  Their relationship reminded me of Han Solo and Leia from Star Wars at first; as they'd constantly be having petty arguments and making snarky comments.  I don't know if the resemblance of Lilac and Tarver to Leia and Han Solo was intentional, but I absolutely adored it. :D

Tarver and Lilac are wonderful characters.  I love the dual POVs, it's so fun to read about their perceptions of each other.  The authors do a fabulous of job of developing the characters of Lilac and Tarver as the story moves along.  They're both flawed, yet immensely likeable characters.

The romance?  Completely swoon-worthy.  There's just the right amount of romance, too.  The romance is neatly woven into the storyline and never feels like overkill.  I love how it's so subtly written.  Lilac and Tarver go from dislike to allies to tentative friendship to eventual romance, and you can't help swooning as you watch them slowly fall in love.  Now, it's one of my favorite love stories of all time in YA literature.

The plot is so full of suspense.  It's so intense - from the crash of the Icarus at the beginning to the very end of the book.  I want to talk so badly about the last quarter of the book, but I can't because that would mean major spoilers.  However, you should know that the plot never lets up - there's always some important development happening.  Then, just when you think you couldn't get any more emotionally invested, the book hits the 75% mark.  Believe me, once you hit that point, there is no way you'll be able to put the book down until you reach the ending.

Suffice it to say, These Broken Stars is now an all-time favorite.  I can't gush about it enough.  The plot is pure genius, the love story is gorgeously written, and there's some phenomenal character development.  I'm eagerly awaiting the release of the second book.  Read this book.  You'll be blown away.

* I received a free copy from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.  Thanks!

My rating: 5 out of 5 stars

~ Kaitlyn

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